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What is Lomography?

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Lomography is a genre of photography, involving taking spontaneous photographs with minimal attention to technical details. Lomographic images often exploit unpredictable non-standard optical traits of cheap toy camera (such as light leaks and irregular lens alignment), and non-standard film processing techniques, for aesthetic effect.



What is LomographyLomography is the style of pop photography based on the quirky cameras by the Austrian camera manufacturer known as Lomo. It was a trendy, peaking in winter of 2011, but there is still lots of enthusiasts using lomo cameras and shooting film. There are several camera types that fall under the Lomography genre.


Lomography is the style of pop photography based on the quirky cameras by the Austrian camera manufacturer known as Lomo. It was trendy, peaking in the winter of 2011, but there is still lots of enthusiasts using lomo cameras and shooting film.  There are several camera types that fall under the Lomography genre. Among some of the more popular, are the Diana and Holga. These cameras, and (all of them in the Lomo line) are usually poor technical cameras. They are inexpensive, plastic, and often have light leaks, poor alignment of their lenses, or other defects, which makes it a cool signature look.

Lomography is branded as being a spontaneous, candid view on photography.

Most of the cameras don’t even feature viewfinders. Instead, the photographer is supposed to just point and shoot. Using this kind of camera is seen as a reaction against traditional, formal photography. As an alternative approach to photography, Lomography supporters also try to push and pull their film in various ways to achieve some cool creative effects. The film is cross-processed by using slide film and developing it in chemistry that is intended for processing negative film.

The first time I saw a lomograph photo, I thought it was just someone’s photo taken on old film. If you have been around film much, you know that it has terrible stability after it’s age, or if film is left in the heat. That is what I thought of the first lomograph.

As you can see, it is popular in some of the countries shown above. Hong Kong is the number one place for Lomography. Today the popularity of lomography seems to be dropping. But, if you want to give it a try, even Amazon has Lomography cameras. Check it out here: CLICK HERE TO SEE AMAZON’S SELECTION OF LOMOGRAPHY CAMERAS .


Lomography is a very easy and exciting way to get into the realm of alternative photography. Once the door is opened, you’ll be surprised where it can take you. By working with materials and media, you’ll be amazed at what kind of art can be accomplished with these tools!


The one thing you will need to do, if you decide to try Lomography, is to find a place where you can get the film developed. Check with your local Walmart, CVS, and other large photo film processing centers.

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